Recovery time needed following heart valve surgery varies widely and can range from weeks to months depending on the patient’s overall physical condition, age and personal motivation, according to WebMD. Most people are advised not to drive for several weeks and to avoid lifting anything heavy for six weeks.
Heart valve surgery can be a weakening physical experience and may be very traumatic. Recovery can be difficult, painful and accompanied by fatigue, swelling and pain, according to WebMD. Some people also develop depression during recovery or may feel isolated as they recuperate. Recuperation periods are unique for each patient. The surgeon or attending physician recommends a time frame for recovery based on the patient’s individual circumstances.